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Colonel Roger Stanfield
Colonel Roger Stanfield

Col. Stanfield serves on Milcom ‘13 panel


Thursday, December 19th, 2013
Issue 51, Volume 17.
Joe Naiman
Village News Correspondent


Colonel Roger Stanfield, who is currently stationed at Camp Pendleton, was one of the panelists at a Nov. 18 plenary session of the Milcom ‘13 conference which was held Nov. 18 through 20 at the San Diego Convention Center and focused on military communications.

Stanfield is with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). He was joined by four other panelists and a moderator for the afternoon plenary session "Warfighter Experience with Military and Commercial Communications."

Stanfield’s emphasis was on ingenuity when a need arises. "It absolutely worked in OEF," he said. "Industry responds and they come up with solutions in a hurry.

Stanfield noted that industry handles the pressure of short-term military needs. "It seems like it speeds up and it happens real quick," he said. "Industry responsiveness is what made a lot of that work."

Stanfield noted that the United States military often works with partners from other nations and that the branches of the service work with each other. "Sometimes our security issues can be our restraints," he said.

Interoperability was a higher priority during Operation Enduring Freedom. "It was all about trust," Stanfield said. "Just about all of it Advertisement
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did work."

Stanfield noted the need for technology to match the mission. "MEUs are in pretty good shape," he said.

MEU stands for Marine Expeditionary Unit. "Radar is king out there," he said.

Stanfield noted that technological challenges include limited transmission systems aboard ships. He also noted the need to cater technology to those other than specialists. "It’s not always just a data or radio guy. Sometimes he’s wearing both hats," Stanfield said.

Fiscal restraints may result in increased simulations and war gaming exercises as opposed to actual field training. "We worry about sequestration going forward," Stanfield said. "We may be facing a whole bunch of time in the barn."

The Joint Information Environment initiative allows compatibility between different branches of the military service, although Stanfield warns that common technology must take into account different practices. "If you standardize across the board all the services don’t operate the same, so you’ve got to put a lot of thought into that," he said.

"At what level do you standardize things?" Stanfield said. "It’s got to be given a lot of thought."

Stanfield believes that ingenuity will ultimately overcome the various challenges. "It solved a lot of issues in OEF," he said. "We’ll figure it out."


 

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